The main square of Taormina is Piazza IX Aprille along the Corso Umberto (main street that unites the two gates of the city: Porta Messina and Porta Catania). It is Taormina’s largest square facing the sea with stunning views of the mount Etna. This is also where the town ended in the middle ages, the Clock Tower being its entry gate (with the Gate of Catania added in the 1600s).
The Cathedral dedicated to San Nicola was built in the 1200s over an older church. The building was erected under the reign of Frederick III of Aragon and its facade remodeled in the 1500s. A baroque fountain (1635) crowned by a female centaur, the symbol of Taormina, stands in the centre of Piazza Duomo (Cathedral square).
Just like us today, Alessandro’s mamma Giovanna also loved Taormina. She wanted to build a home in the heart of the town yet hidden from tourist crows, with space and refinement in every detail. She spotted the cite even before the building was began, which allowed her to choose the apartment with best views and high ceilings, customize its layout to her exquisite taste and furnish it accordingly. The home is situated in a closed area with private garden, property guardian, condominial swimming pool and private garage. There is life guard at the pool June through September and a housekeeper servicing the apartment weekly or more often upon request. The garden is planted with palm trees, jasmine, orange and lemon trees; it remains green throughout the year and we love it best in February and March when the orange trees bloom (orange bloom in Sicilian is called zagara and it is a most exquisite perfume).